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Practice Areas

Labor Unions
WorkersAs a union-side labor law firm, we are committed to helping workers build power in the ever-changing landscape of state and federal labor law. To that end, our firm selectively represents labor organizations that are committed to the organizing model of trade unionism in an array of industries. Our work varies depending on the needs of a given union, but often involves offensive collective bargaining, strategic consultation, contract enforcement, arbitration, representation before federal, state, and local agencies and litigation.

In addition to working with established unions, our firmcounsels workers who are actively organizing, helping them take direct action, navigate the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), hold elections, and bargain their first contracts. We firmly believe that the labor movement’s most important victories are won on the shop floor — not in a courtroom. Because of this, we are committed to providing counsel to unions on taking direct action including strikes, work-to-rule tactics, rallies, and picket lines. Our practice model is also compatible with providing legal counsel to workers’ committees that engage in solidarity unionism, as opposed to the traditional approach.

Union Governance
Effective union governance is key to long-term success. While corporations continue to benefit from deregulation, labor unions are among the most highly-regulated and scrutinized organizations under American law. Our firm assists unions in complying with our Byzantine system of laws and regulations so that they can focus on organizing and servicing their members.

With respect to internal governance, our firm assists labor organizations in the drafting and adoption of governing documents (e.g. constitutions and bylaws), compliance with internal rules and procedures, as well as the conducting of union elections and conventions. Eisner & Dictor has represented both incumbents and challengers in internal union elections and counseled clients on issues related to international, regional, and local union relations, including union discipline, jurisdictional matters and trusteeships.

Wage Theft, Minimum Wage & Overtime
Our wage and hour practice often involves complex federal and state court litigation on behalf of workers and classes of workers who have been unlawfully denied minimum wage, overtime pay, spread of hours premiums, tips, and other compensation required by federal, state and local law. Over the years, we have recovered millions of dollars in stolen wages for workers.

Employment Discrimination, Retaliation, and Harassment
In our employment discrimination practice, we represent workers who have been treated unequally or harassed by their employers or co-workers on the basis of race, sex, national origin, gender, age, disability, and other characteristics protected by federal, state, and local laws, and employees who have been retaliated against for raising complaints of such discriminatory treatment. We pursue our clients’ claims in federal and state litigation, as well as in agency proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and its state and local counterparts.

Employee Benefits
Our practice also includes representation on matters of union-related pensions, medical plans, and other benefits. When employers try to avoid their plan obligations, we are prepared to litigate to defend workers’ contractual rights to their benefits. Additionally, we have represented benefit plans when contributing employers have filed for bankruptcy or otherwise get wrapped up in complex litigation pertaining to their financial obligations.

Compensation Agreements
When an individual employee negotiates with their employer, they are at a disadvantage with respect to power and resources. That is why employment contracts are so often one-sided in favor of the employer. We represent individual employees in negotiating new employment agreements to maximize the provisions that are beneficial to them including wages, benefits and job security. At the end of an employment relationship, our firm assists employees in negotiating severance agreements, including matters relating to benefits, accrued time off, and confidentiality.

Higher Education Employment
We have successfully represented a number of higher education instructors and professors in matters of wrongful termination, academic freedom, back pay, benefits, tenure disputes, and breach of contract.

NYC Department of Education Employment Matters (3020-a, Article 78, Article 75)
Public school teachers and staff sometimes need additional support in contesting unfair treatment from the Department of Education. We have successfully represented a number of New York City DOE employees in 3020-a disciplinary hearings, as well as Article 75 filings and Article 78 appeals.